Berea College Welcomes Public to Opening Convocation

President Lyle Roelofs

President Lyle Roelofs

Exploring the Commitments: Let’s Get to Work

Seabury Center – 3:00 p.m., September 3, 2015

The entire Berea College community will gather to celebrate the opening of the 2015-16 academic year at the College’s Opening Convocation on Thursday, September 3, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. in the Seabury Center. The program is free and open to the public.

President Roelofs’ theme for the convocation will be Exploring the Commitments: Let’s Get to Work.  Exploring the Commitments refers to Berea’s mission statement, which embodies eight “great commitments” that guide all the work of the College, both in the classroom and in the region. In addition to remarks by President Roelofs, brief comments will be presented by members of the Berea College community, representing the student body, faculty, staff, alumni and retirees. Music will be provided by the Black Music Ensemble.

This event also opens the College’s year-long convocation series offering lectures, symposia, concerts and performing arts presentations.  The series features outstanding scholars, artists and leaders whose presentations enliven the intellectual, aesthetic and religious life and contribute importantly to the student’s educational experience at Berea College.  Convocations also provide shared intellectual experiences for students, faculty, and staff thus enriching the College’s vibrant academic community. See for the schedule of all convocations this academic year. All convocations are free and open to the public.

Those unable to attend on campus can watch the convocation live at:

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.